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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Volkswagen New Beetle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
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Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today, on our 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hardtop, we're going to install Part Number 24679. This is a Draw Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class I, 1-1/4 inch. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on our Beetle. We'll take a closer look at it, you can see it does sit entirely below the bottom edge of the bumper. This has an 1-1/4 inch receiver hitch. It also uses a 1/2 inch, hinchpin hole. You've got 2 loops here for your safety chains for your trailer.
This hitch is ready for 2000 pounds total trailer weight, and 200 pounds ton weight which pulls down on the car. Used for attaching points, it used a tie down loop here, on the passenger side, and on the driver side, there is a tie down point where the muffler hanger is. Basically what happens is, the hitch gets stacked into the frame and the muffler bracket gets stacked on top of the hitch. Going forward on the hitch to this cross bar here, 2 holes have to be drilled into a trunk pan and then we can install our hardware. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 8 1/2 inches.
From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper, will be 4 1/2 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and open the back catch, and we need to go ahead and remove the floor liner and remove the spare tire. We've got our spare tire out of the way, and that way when we drill a hole through the trunk panel, we don't have to worry about damaging the tire. Now, we need to go underneath the vehicle. The next thing we need to go ahead and remove the bolts for its hanger bracket for the exhaust. Bolt here, and here.
A socket we're using to remove the hardware for the exhaust bracket is a 13mm socket and extension. This section of the heat shield we have to bend up and out of the way to make room for a hitch. Mark it out here. It just makes things easier, I'm going to go to this fold, right here and then just go up to the bracket. I'll go ahead and cut it with some inaudible 00:02:20 make it a little easier to push up. At this point, we're ready to go ahead and put the hitch up in position.
A couple of notes, that the passenger side of the hitch will fit over the tow hook, right here. On the driver side, our hitch is going to sit on top of the exhaust bracket. Eventually, the hardware will go through the exhaust bracket to the hitch and into the frame. After you have it in position, it's a good idea to put a jack underneath to hold it up in place, while we install our hardware and then drill out our holes, which will be later on. Go ahead and hold it up with the jack and make it still loose enough where it can move around a little bit. Now, I'll go ahead and work up the hardware that I'll run through the exhaust bracket and through the hitch, and into the frame. It's a new small metric bolt. It will get a new lock washer and get 2 flat washers. We'll use our same tools as before. Use a piece of thumb on the inside to help grip the bolt and we'll push it into place. We've got one in there and we'll install the second bolt with the same hardware. We don't have it tightened down, we just have it loose as possible and still hold in shape. Now, we'll go to the passenger side and install the hardware there. Make sure the hitch is pushed in all the way. We'll go ahead and work our bolt in from the top down. It uses a long 1/2 inch carriage bolt. There's not much room to work it in there, so, it probably would have been a good idea, the instructions don't say anything, but it probably would have been a good idea to work this in there while I put the hitch up, but we can also use a bolt leader to help pull it through, as well. I'm going to take a bolt leader, run it through the hole and route it out behind the hitch, thread on to our bolt. The bolt leader we're using is Part Number 80101-1. This does not come with the hitch. Make sure you pull the bolt completely through the hitch and it locks into it since there's a square hole in the hitch. Then we'll install the large, thick lock with the round hole. We'll follow that up with a 1/2 inch lock washer and a nut. We're just tightening up just to take up the slack. Next, we'll go ahead and push our hitch up. Make sure its secure against the trunk pan. Now, we'll go ahead and drill out our holes in the trunk pan. Our hitch will serve as a template to drill out 2, 1/2 inch holes. On the inside of the trunk, we'll get the small, square block, and the short, 1/2 inch carriage bolt. That will go through the trunk pan and into the hitch. We'll also use some sealant to seal the holes, as well. The sealant we're using is Part Number LT37467. The Loctite RTV 598 High Performance, Silicone Gasket Maker. We'll go ahead and install our hardware. We'll go back underneath the car and install our lock washer and nut. With all our hardware loosely installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down and torque them down as specified in the instructions. We'll start by the bumper and work our way forward. For the 1/2 inch bolts, we use a 3/4 inch socket. At this point, we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire and components. With that, that will finish it for Draw Tite Sports Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class I, Inch and 1/4, Part Number 24679 on our 2003 Volkswagon New Beetle Hard Top. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (28 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Ryan H.09/08/2011
I bought this hitch for my 2001 VW Golf. The shipping was fast and cheap, (especially considering the size of the package) and the hitch showed up at my front door a few days after ordering, well-packed and undamaged. The install process was relatively straightforward, but I would say almost impossible without a second person to help hold the hitch in place while the bolts are attached. I ended up calling a friend and using the scissor jack out of the trunk of my car to hold the hitch in place while I bolted it in. I did run into a minor problem with a clearance issue between the rear valence on the car and the receiver portion of the hitch, but I rectified it by making a small cut-out in the plastic of the bumper with my pocketknife. Since the hitch is a permanent addition, I wasn't too concerned about making this alteration- you can't see it unless you look under the bumper, regardless. The package shipped with all the necessary hardware, and even included a hardcopy of the mounting instructions. As others have said, eye protection is key for this job, because you're going to have rust and road grit raining down on you while you try to move the hitch into position, and most of it is stuff you don't want in your eyes. In terms of actual towing, the hitch worked exactly as expected. I towed a uhaul trailer about 400 miles with absolutely no problems. It easily passed a safety inspection, and provided completely trouble-free operation. For the price and ease of install, this product can't really be beat! 23689
by: Roger H.09/11/2014
I'm glad my colleague convinced me to order a hitch from etrailer. The install went smoothly and my wife couldn't be happier with the hitch on her VW Beetle, now she gets to cart around her bike whenever she wants. I did benefit from reading other reviews and ended up using both a jack and a basketball/block of wood to prop up the hitch during the install (a second set of hands would have done the same thing). I also benefitted from owning a set of ramps to prop the back end of the car up, you can do it without but the added space was a huge help. Don't forget to order the "bolt leader" to thread through the 1/2" carriage bolt but you can also fish it through with a thin piece of wire. Overall the install was really easy and could be done by just about anyone. 150749
by: John W03/18/2015
I received the hitch a day early and it was easy to track from the website and\or email I received. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I watched a short video and installed the hitch without any problem. I however should have ordered the ball mount at the same time to avoid shipping. I am happy with my purchase and will order other hitches for my other vehicles. 179424
by: Russ C.07/10/2014
I bought a hitch from etrailer so I could install a bike rack on my 06 beetle. The order was quickly filled and all parts were included. Instructions were clear and the videos on the website made installation a breeze. Everything fit exactly as it was supposed to. Here is a pic of the hitch in action. It was a pleasure doing business with you guys......... 140548
by: Dave M.02/13/2011
I ordered this hitch and cannot believe how fast it arrived. I had Uhaul install it for me without any problems. I ordred from you guys because Uhaul said that it would take them up to 10 days to get it. My order arrived in four days and dropped on my front proch in perfect condition. I have since gone on their web site to find a bike rack and am really impressed with all the information that is available including videos. What a great site - puts all the rest to shame. Good prices as well. 7121
by: David B01/22/2011
We have to use a hitch to mount a bike rack, which my wife uses also as a wheelchair carrier for her work. The hitch fit where it said, and installation wasn't too difficult. (Wear safety glasses! You will get a lot of sand and/or dirt in your eyes without them.) Our tow hook was more of a circle than the loop shown on the instructions. Taking out the passenger side back-up light during installation made getting the bolt in possible. 5899
by: James W.10/10/2013
The trailer hitch is solidly built an fairly straightforward to install even on your own. However having an extra set hands to hold hitch in place will help. The exhaust tip does rub against the hitch while car is running an creates a lil extra noise but a couple of zip ties should move exhaust that extra half inch to eliminate that. Otherwise great product. 2003 VW GTI 103373
by: Ben Garr.05/14/2012
Installation was very easy not hard at all, everything bolts and nuts Iall was in the bag. Just backed the VW GOLF UP ON TWO RAMPS I USE TO CHANGE OIL AND IT LOOKED JUST LIKE THE VEDIO YOU SHOW. TOOK ABOUT ONE HOUR. I also ordered the The two bike carrier to carry my mountain bike, can't wait for it to come. THANKS FOR YOUR PRODUCT LINE 40484
by: Gerry Morin07/31/2011
Installed very easily on my 2003 New Beetle. All the mounting points lined up, all the necessary hardware was there including longer bolts where it attached to the frame in existing threaded mounting position of the exhaust system. Drilled two holes only. Seems to be a very rugged assembly. Very satisfied. 20626
The draw-tite frame is made of very sturdy metal. I was impressed with how well it mated with the car and it installed in under an hour. Very satisfied and I will order from etrailer again since it came UPS in less that two days after I ordered it. Great buy! Thank you! 51884
I have had this hitch for several years and have towed a trailer very easily. IT SAVED MY CAR WHEN I GOT REAR ENDED! It was a fairly slow crash and bent up the hitch but only tiny paint transfer on my car. As a hatchback I think I would have bean totaled otherwise. 37673
by: Scott B.04/27/2012
The hitch i ordered was delivered very fast and the video i viewed to install it on my vehicle made it very easy to install. It fit perfectly and only took about a half hour to install. I am very pleased and strongly recommend etrailer to others!!!!! 38649
by: Erica C07/19/2011
fit my 2002 Golf TDI perfectly. Super easy install - drilling through the trunk pan was the only somewhat difficult part. looks like a rock solid hitch, pulled a small trailer easily, we'll test it with a pop-up soon! 19698
by: Chrissy F.04/27/2013
The lady on the phone who helped me was totally amazing. She sent everything I needed. Now my little bug is all ready to go road trippin'. Picture of Truckers World installing it. Thanks y'all! 78093
by: Bass M.04/17/2010
A 1 hitch for my beetle With a convertable beetle the hitch mount reciever was the only way to go for my bike rack. This hitch went on easily and does the job as described. thanks 2940
by: Rene Robichaux04/28/2012
The trailer hitch was easy to install on my 2006 VW Beetle. In fact, it took me almost as much time to get the spare tire back in the trunk as it did to instal the hitch. 38715
by: Tony M07/31/2011
Installation went very well. Relatively easy. Hitch looks well built. The two additional bolts which are located in the spare tire well add structural rigidity. 20621
by: David S.06/01/2012
The "excellent" applies to the price, ordering, shipping, and delivery. I will be happy to respond further after the hitch has been installed. 42277
by: timothy eder05/14/2012
wow....it took longer to find all my tools than to install this on my 2002 golf .. no problems at all, now i can go look at trailers . 40509
Hitch was perfect. Fit good had all the parts I'm very pleased with etrailer.com. I would definitely buy from them again 72390
by: David Speak09/18/2012
Very fast service and installation went just like the instructions. Fast delivery and great price! Thanks, Dave 55048
by: Carl S.08/17/2011
Good design, more mounting points than the competition. Fantastic experience with etrailer. Highly recommended! 22012
Perfect fit on my 2002 TDI VW Golf. Install took less then an hour. 81215
by: Darryl Lindsley11/07/2011
The hitch installed quite easily, the instructions were right on. 26660
by: Tim E10/19/2011
extremely quick delivery. Easy to install as video illustrated 25824
by: Kent S.01/17/2012
Good quality and pricing. Fast shipping. 29855
Fits perfect 102578
by: Dwayne Mitschke08/02/2012
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